This assembly is a collaboration to create a dead drop network that is smartphone compatible. Dead drops are traditionally USB drives inconspicuously embedded into urban infrastructure where people find sensitive files to download onto their computers. The files could include things like radical literature, political dissent, viruses that block surveillance, un-doctored images. In 2019, we will adapt the Dead Drop to be more accessible to homeless residents, who widely have smartphones but no personal computers. The Assemblies group will consider the needs for establishing a more accessible Dead Drop, including the technology, content, deployment, and outreach sites for the network.
This project will specifically cater to the growing homeless population in Los Angeles. Ideally, the contents will contain things like contact cards, which people can download to instantly connect with local community resources like street sweeping aid, shelters, public health clinics, and activists. It will have “know your rights” literature, contact for legal council, mental health services, food banks, and domestic abuse shelters, and instructions on how to get confiscated items, like medicine or electronics, back in possession. Finally, it may have original content, writing, or artwork from other homeless residents or NAVEL community members that enhance the materials. It should be accessible to people who are newly displaced.
Ideal size of the group: 10, but no limits.